ICR: Belykh’s case investigation terminated
In the nearest future materials will be transferred to the ex-Governor's lawyers for acquaintance.
The Main Directorate on priority cases of the Investigative Committee finished its investigative actions for criminal case against former Head of the Kirov Region Nikita Belykh, official representative of the department Svetlana Petrenko reports.
According to her, the defendant and his defenders were notified on the end of investigation and now they will be given time for acquaintance with materials. After that the case will be removed to court.
To recall, in June of last year Nikita Belykh was caught red-handed when receiving marked 100 thousand euros at restaurant of trade and office center Lotte Plaza on the Novy Arbat Street. According to investigators, these means were only a part of a bribe of 400 thousand euros, which were to be transferred to the Governor for rendering protection to two commercial structures. Lawyer Andrey Grokhotov explained that this money were intended for the Russian Military and Historical Society (RMHS). According to him, in case papers there is a record of negotiations at restaurant where the question of financing of RMHS was discussed. However executive director of society Vladislav Kononov was told that no donations ever arrived from Nikita Belykh.
Besides, new criminal case under part 6 Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale) is opened against Belykh. His details are not disclosed. It is known that both cases are consolidated in one production. At the same time investigators suggested Nikita Belykh to conclude the pre-judicial agreement. According to the lawyer, this shows that the case collapses and the investigators attempt to strengthened it with new episodes. The ex-governor still does not admit the guilt.
Corruption is overwhelming in the Republic of Bashkortostan. It infiltrates all branches of power. The recent arrests in the Bashkir Prosecutor’s Office clearly show that justice can be bought and sold there, while the verdict of Themis depends only on the purse size. All powerful officials and businessmen in the republic know how much it costs to institute or dismiss a case. After the replacement of the regional head, the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation has found out that not only the supreme authorities of the Republican Prosecutor’s Office are involved in the corruption scheme – but judges and high-ranked police commanders as well. What officials have sullied their reputation with bribe-taking and are going to fall victims to yet another sweeping purge? What are millions of rubles paid for? What is the true scale of corruption in the region – champion among national republics by that parameter?